For this first debut, I’ve tapped several of my online acquaintances, though only a few of them are illustrators by trade. There are two reasons for this: first, as a consequence of working in a medium where not that many illustrations are ever commissioned, I barely know any illustrators.
The second reason is that, in some sense, I don’t think illustration should be left solely to the illustrators. To be sure, few of us who call ourselves designers will ever be able to make a living selling any illustration work we manage to turn out — we’ll just never be as good as someone who does it every day, and even then, it’s a completely different skill set — but I think that we would benefit substantially from thinking like illustrators more often, from problem solving in a purely pictorial mode, without the encumbrances of layout, typography, legibility, usability, etc.
At any rate, I’m very proud to have been able to pull together these six tremendously talented designers and illustrators:
As each illustration rolled in, I felt a bit like a kid on Christmas morning; I was completely delighted by the variety of expressions that these folks produced, and it just felt good to be looking at entertaining pictures. So I can’t thank these people enough for getting this going, offering up their time and creative energy selflessly to this modest little brainstorm I had. Suffice it to say, without them, this would have been yet another idea on my huge scrap heap of unfinished ideas.
If you like what you see here and you aren’t already familiar with these folks, please stop by their respective Web sites and let them know how much you like their work. And if you’re the illustrating type, and you want to take a crack at a future piece for these archives, please drop me a line — I’ve got plenty of slots available, and we can always use more illustration on the Web.